Benelli has a couple new models waiting for us at EICMA this year, and first up is the 2014 Benelli BN600GT. Based on the Benelli BN600 that debuted last year (which the company is now confusingly calling the Benelli BN600R since it added Brembo Brakes, Marzocchi forks, and Sachs rear shock to the machine), the Benelli BN600GT is a more touring-friendly approach, with the same 80hp inline-four engine.
Like the BN600R, the BN600GT uses chassis that is comprised of a steel trellis frame mated to an aluminum alloy casting. Forks are 50mm, wheels are 17″ with a 180 in the rear, while brakes are 320mm / 260mm (front/back) and radially mounted.
At 490 lbs dry, we admit it is hard to get excited over the relatively bland Benelli BN600GT, though we think touring fans will likely lose the plot with the bike’s 27 liter (7.13 gallon) tank.
All-in-all, a pretty basic sport-touring option that has been built with newer riders in mind, says Benelli. The company also says that the 2014 Benelli BN600GT will “available starting by mid-2014 at a really competitive price.” Don’t expect to see the machine in the USA anytime soon though.